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The political economy of internationalism: Rosa Luxemburg and the national question

Grant number: 17/10986-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2017
Effective date (End): August 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Modern and Contemporary History
Principal Investigator:Eduardo Barros Mariutti
Grantee:Antonio Vogaciano Barbosa Mota Filho
Host Institution: Instituto de Economia (IE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):18/15650-4 - Self-government or cultural autonomy: the national question for Rosa Luxemburg and the Bund, BE.EP.DR


Rosa Luxemburg (RL) was an important economist of the early twentieth century. Nevertheless, her works have been labeled as "economism". Historically such labels have restricted the reception of her works and ended up favoring certain aspects of it and deprecating others. One branch that was particularly affected by this "selective affinity" was the economic thought of RL. This research project here aims to analyze her economic thought about the so-called "national question" and the independence of Poland. Our hypothesis is that along with political formulations, Rosa develops implicit economic argument on the national question. Our sources will use be Rosa's complete work in German (Gesammelte Werke) and the stenographic notes of Congresses of the Second International and the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party in which this issue was debated. We propose three specific objectives: understand the initial formulations of RL on the national question; analyze the debate between RL and Lenin and explain the confluences between the question of nationalities and her the theory of imperialism. In this way, we hope to highlight the intimate relationship between economy and politics that permeates RL's work. (AU)

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MOTA FILHO, Antonio Vogaciano Barbosa. The political economy of internationalism: Rosa Luxemburg and the question of nationalities. 2022. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Economia Campinas, SP.

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